Architecture of Trees : A Russian Tale

etching on Japanese papers, foamcore, adhesive
2013

This work began as an exploration of corner and angled beam construction in architecture, which mimic how twigs and limbs are attached to trunks in trees. The angled support beams and bases evolved into the main characters in a Russian folk tale. The two figures and the house with a tree growing through the roof are part of the magic realist plot. The magic (from a pepper mill on the tree), modesty (the old couple never wishes for more food than they need) and justice (the thief is ostracized by his community) are instructive. How like a tree are society’s moral constructs: strong yet fragile.
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